Monday, June 16, 2008


Well, what can I really say about Squiggy? Yesterday, I had planned on testing him out before putting him on the frame. I had to be at Amy's house for an ESA chapter meeting and when I got there, we went to Olive Garden for lunch/dinner. I had a strawberry daiquiri and the 5 cheese ziti al forno. It was yummy! We went back to Amy's house and discussed our upcoming year - since it runs with school years, we are planning for the 2008-09 year. We had some great ideas! I had also taken some fleece to trim up and yarn to crochet around the edges to make blankets for Project Linus, but we didn't get to that.

When I left, I hurried home, let the dogs out to run around and got Squiggy to the basement to set up and start working with the threads and threading the machine and getting a bobbin wound and practice sewing a bit. Well, he didn't cooperate AT ALL! I couldn't get a stitch to take. All that happened was that the upper thread was gathering under the fabric and then the upper thread would break. I changed the needle, changed the upper thread after re-threading a few times, changed the bobbin thread, re-threaded the bobbin... Nothing worked.

At this point, I was so frustrated with Squiggy and the growing pile of threads that were wasted that I gave up. I did post a message to my Viking Mega Quilter Yahoo group and ask what else I can try. I have a few suggestions that I will try tonight after my Guild group meeting. If none of these work out for me, I am taking the machine in with me tomorrow when I got to pick up the cruise control. The only problem with this is that I will have to leave work around 4 to get home, pick up the machine and then drive out t the shop. I will warn the lady though that I am having problems and will be bringing the machine so that she is aware that she will have to help me. She has a MQ of her own though so she should be able to help.


Well, happy 300th post to me. I wish that it was a happier post!


CatQuilter said...

Jill, Take heart! The same thing happened to me with my Pfaff the first time I tried sewing with it. Despite using the instructional CD and reading the manual many times, I couldn't get it to sew properly. Michael insisted on driving me to where he purchased the machine where I learned I was missing a small, but significant step in the threading process. Ever since then, barely a problem. I know it'll all work out for you. Perhaps one of the gals with your small group can help you out tonight?

dot said...

I am certain you will find out it is a very simple problem. It can very frustrating though. Have a good day. Happy 300.

Kristie said...

Cheer Up!!! It will get better! But I would be stressing out too. I am very impatient! Good luck, and I hope all goes well. Happy 300th post!

Regina said...

Happy 300th post - even if Squiggy is being temperamental. I am sure you will get him in line soon enough.

Myra said...

Oh my goodness! All enthusiasm and a few choice words has passed I am sure! That would have frustrated me to no end!!! Hopefully it is something simple to correct your problem.
I envy your whole new purchase! Wow!
Happy 300th!

Moneik said...

Hopefully it's just a step in the threading process. I know it takes time to get used to all the quirks of a new machine. Hope it works better tonight.

Michelle said...

I would bet it is a threading problem too, or maybe the needle is not in, in the proper direction. We can't assume that each machine works the same as others. Get out the manual again, take a deep breath, and try rethreading it again. Also make sure the bobbin is in the holder in the right direction. Also hang onto your threads when you take the first stitch. It will all be ok. Let us know what you find out.

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

Happy 300th post. Take a deep breath and try again it will all work out.